Environmental Coalition of South Seattle Programs
ECOSS is unique in serving a diverse spectrum of the community from small and mid-size businesses, individual homeowners, refugee and immigrant communities and the South Park Neighborhood of South Seattle.
All of the work that we do revolves around working together to create a cleaner, healthier and economically thriving Puget Sound.
ECOSS divides its work into three key areas to accomplish this vision, each area consists of unique strategies, activities and goals.
Through our work we hope to see the following changes:
- Clients integrate sustainable practices into day to day operations and long-term business plans.
- Businesses reduce their carbon emissions, waste tonnage, water and energy use.
- Businesses prevent stormwater pollution by implementing stormwater plans and training staff.
- Immigrant and refugee individuals and families reached by our Multi-Cultural Outreach Team are educated and made aware of environmental toxic hazards present in homes, businesses and the surrounding environment.
- A reduction in health disparities due to environmental factors amongst low-income and new immigrant populations in the Puget Sound region.
- Low-income communities are reached through our Powerful Neighborhoods outreach efforts, resulting in energy and water conservation behavior changes and adoption of green practices.
- ECOSS will assist in the development of a healthy and vibrant South Park community and business district.
- Work with communities and partners to redevelop brownfield sites throughout King County.
- Steward volunteer and community building projects that make South Park a better place to live, work and play.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2010-2011, the multi-cultural outreach team reached more than 11,000 individuals. Providing underserved communities with the education and resources that will yield immediate benefits. Some program highlights have included:
East African Childcare Provider Workshops
Community workshops covered identifying possible toxic threats, effects on children’s health and healthy options and resources for replacing toys and supplies. More than sixty East African women attended, and for most it was the first time they had been educated on environmental risks and hazards.
Healthy Vietnamese Nail Salons
The program trained hundreds of salon owners and nail technicians as well as beauty school students who are seeking employment in the industry about toxic hazards associated with the industry and how to prevent exposure.
Lower Duwamish Superfund Site Education
In fall 2010, ECOSS conducted outreach to more than 1,000 recent immigrant and refugee residents of South Seattle and King County to inform them of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site and the risks associated with eating resident seafood and shellfish from the contaminated site.
2010-2011, ECOSS staff assisted over 10,000 residents in Seattle to install energy & water conservation equipment in homes. Over 50% of residents served represent minority and recent immigrant communities that speak at least 13 languages other than English.